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slidingaway posted 06-24-2002 01:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for slidingaway   Send Email to slidingaway  
I'm sure this may have been asked a million times, but I wanted to get some advice from experience whaler people, as I am not one. I have a boat right now that I'm probably gonna take my rigging off of and put it onto a 1969 Whaler Nauset hull that a buddy of mine has. Problem is, his father trashed the original console (yeah, the mahogany one, what an idiot) and took his motor off. My motor is a 1978 115 Horsepower Johnson V4. His father had the identical motor on his boat for years, but it was power T&T.

So, I guess what I am asking is, first off, where is a good place to order a replacement fiberglass or plastic console that will fit, and second, am I gonna flip this thing with a fixed-tilt 115?? (I believe this boat was really only rated for a 90 or 100).


Hobie1981 posted 06-24-2002 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Slide: Regarding the engine on the Nauset.
100 hp was the max recommended for that boat. While power was certainly a consideration, Boston Whaler was using the motors weight as the critical factor in determining the max. engine size that should hang off the transom. BW has always stressed safety in the design of their products. If the boat is swamped, if the guidelines are met, ie max. weight not exceeded, crew + engine, etc. the boat will not sink.

I have read of others on this forum who have mounted engines of greater hp than recomended. Where there could be a problem is when you go to insure your boat. Sadly, in todays society, you need to protect yourself in case of a law suit. It's not much..I pay $75/yr for mine. Personal liability ins. is what you want, get theft if you want/can afford it. There could be a problem if you got sued and you exceeded the mfgrs max hp for the boat. In a perfect world , the agent issuing the policy would tell you up front that he could'nt sell you insurance if you exceeded the max hp. Last time I checked ..this was'nt a perfect world
:-). That said, odds are you'll never have a problem and will look back and wonder why the heck you bought insurance. But if it was me...I'd look into insurance.

My wife works for the largest law firm in Boston..could have something to do with my spin on this.

Enjoy the boat..and be safe..


Certainly you can use the 115, I've read of others having even higher hp motors

whalerron posted 06-24-2002 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
That 115 weighs the same as the Johnson 90.
Hobie1981 posted 06-24-2002 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Slide: Should you go to insure, just be sure that the agent knows that you are using an engine that is above the max. hp as recomended by the manufacturer. He needs to "sign off" specifically on this point. That way, should the need arise, you won't be on the hook. Sorry to sound a little cautious on this point. But should you find yourself in a situation where you need'll be glad you have it. Those that did'nt are very very very unhappy. I'm sure that there are some forum members who have some real horror stories regarding litagation and boating accidents.


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